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    • 22.06.10 | 15:47 (IDT)

    Until the end of Sharon's reign (late 2005) there was no way Israel would accept the Saudi plan. Sharon wanted disconnected Bantustans for the Palestinians, absolutely no '67 borders. Then came the Olmert-Livni regime. By the end of their term, it might have been possible to agree on the '67 borders (subject to territorial exchange) but Livni stated that she cannot accept the return of a "single" Palestinian refugee. "Why", she was asked. Because this would invalidate the basic beliefs of Zionism. Never mind that Ben-Gurion allowed the return of 100,000 Palestinians right after the 1948 war. I don't understand Livni, but I do remember that she was raised as a Likudnik. You can take a "man" out of Likud, but you can't take the crazy Likud beliefs out of him/her. And nowadays we have Netanyahu, still a Yahoo in Likud. I am afraid it will be a while before the Arab initiative is considered seriously. Obama should pressure Israel, perhaps this will work.

    from the article: After 8 years, why hasn't Israel responded to the Arab peace initiative?
    First published 01:53 22.06.10 | Last updated 01:53 22.06.10
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